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Posted: 26/11/2013 at 18:41

I think it's down to the size/quality of the bulbs - if they're nice and fat you should be OK.  Mine looked a bit on the small side to be fair - will buy them from somewhere else next time!


Posted: 26/11/2013 at 18:39

How old is the tree?

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 18:36

That'll probably be a queen building up her reserves before hibernating.  Excellent photos!


Posted: 26/11/2013 at 18:29

I planted some in a large pot in Spring and they did nothing until August when they finally sent up shoots.  They are about 10 inches tall now but no sign of a flower and  they've been in the conservatory since it started getting cold.  I'll either get flowers for Christmas or (far more likely) they'll continue to look like a bowl of wide grass until they die back!  No doubt if I chuck them on the compost heap they'll decide to flower!

Buried treasure

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 21:26

I've actually buried treasure rather than uncover it!  Somewhere in the mortar used to build a circular raised bed is a gold ring which I didn't notice was missing until it was rather too late.  Luckily the OH wasn't too upset and bought me another.

I've never seen this before

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:58

Lovely photo!  It can happen if the inside gets wet (eg because of heavy rain.)  Found another image online:


Lemon tree

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:53

That sounds like it could be chlorosis.  It can be caused by something as simple as overwatering, or a pH imbalance in the potting mixture.  See the Wiki which gives some causes and advice:

and some from the RHS:

All of the leaves turned yellow and fell off of my orange tree once but they grew back after I repotted it.

Weather Forecasting? Don't get me started

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:43
Berghill wrote (see)

What really annoys me is when I watch  a forecast and it shows the latest Satellite picture of us with no clouds, yet outside it is raining and as black as.......wherever is very black.


Look for 'infra red' satellite images - these are much better at showing cloud:



Who lives in a microclimate?

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 18:37

Yes, all gardens have their own microclimate unless they are identical in all respects to the one next door.  Simply having a fence or hedge in a different place (eg West rather than East facing) will create conditions (eg shelter from prevailing wind) different enough that the same plant may survive in one but not in the other.

What I love about winter in the garden

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 15:04

I also love wandering around during Winter looking for signs of life.  Some things I regularly check are the clematis in mind of pruning in February - sometimes the buds get going a bit early during a mild period and then get killed by frost so they need pruning differently to the original 'plan'.  Noticed a few snowdrops just peeking above the soil while planting some bulbs yesterday (as well as a few Honey fungus rhizomes in new areas - grr!)  Lots of cyclamen hederifolium in places I didn't plant them - clearly spread by seed which have a high germination rate in my garden.  Looking forward to post solstice - always feel better in myself when the days start lengthening.  At the moment I can only get out in the garden at weekends and I'm not an early riser, so the light is gone before I get much done.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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Last Post: 20/09/2015 at 13:33


No real rain here for weeks 
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Last Post: 07/06/2015 at 18:41

Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Last Post: 06/04/2015 at 17:03

Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Last Post: 19/12/2014 at 16:52

Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Last Post: 27/11/2014 at 21:12

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
Replies: 16    Views: 652
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 13:17

Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Last Post: 28/07/2014 at 12:28

Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Last Post: 13/07/2014 at 18:04

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
Replies: 3    Views: 429
Last Post: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
Replies: 15    Views: 751
Last Post: 18/06/2014 at 14:32

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
Replies: 6    Views: 662
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 21:44

A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1137
Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 17:42

Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

Replies: 4    Views: 770
Last Post: 24/04/2014 at 11:30

Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
Replies: 10    Views: 1214
Last Post: 22/04/2014 at 10:58

Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 12:39
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